Cappagh Hospital Foundation was delighted to celebrate its 30th Anniversary on Thursday, 12th April in the Lady Martin Auditorium on the grounds of Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. The evening was in honour of the many supporters of the Foundation over the past 30 years and the extensive work it has carried out in support of the Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital since 1988. This event was the first of many exciting celebrations planned during 2018 to mark the 30thAnniversary.
The highlight of the evening was an awards ceremony presented by Mary O’Rourke, a longstanding patron of the foundation to honour a variety of different people and organisations who have helped make a difference over the last 30 years. Some of the awards presented on the night included Corporate Champions, Patron Awards and Community Awards, as well as awards to honour individuals and their involvement with the foundation.
Speaking at the celebratory event, Orla Gilroy, CEO of Cappagh Hospital Foundation said: “The foundation could not operate without the longstanding support from our patrons and donors and on behalf of myself and the board, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to these individuals and organisations for the continued support the foundation has received.
“I would also like to extend a special thanks to Mary O’Rourke has been a Patron and supporter of the Cappagh Hospital Foundation for many years. We are delighted Mary could travel to present these Awards to so many of our wonderful Corporate and Community Supporters.”
Since 1988 over €11m of the generous donations raised by supporters has made a significant difference to the staff and patients at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. These donations have enabled Cappagh Hospital Foundation to support and implement many innovative and critical developments in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. Some notable developments over the years include:
• The establishment of a Bone Tumour Registry (1989)
• A new Out Patients Department (1996)
• The building of a 10 bed Isolation Unit (2009)
• Support Nurses in their advanced education
• Stryker Spinal Surgery Navigation Equipment and Software (2017)
Ms Gilroy concluded by saying: “The funds raised from over the years have had a hugely positive impact on Cappagh Hospital’s patients and contributed to a wide range of different projects. I would like to once again extend my thanks to our donors for their ongoing support.”